Vatican Moves To Extend Secret Deal With Beijing

The Vatican has decided to extend a secret 2018 agreement with Beijing that governs the appointment of bishops in China. The 2018 Sino-Vatican deal, signed in the midst of crackdowns on religious expression, is believed to give...

“Enigmatic” Bishop of Shanghai Dies

The controversial bishop of Shanghai’s state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian, died on Saturday at age 96. Didi Kirsten Tatlow of The New York Times reports that hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday,...

Church and State Divide

Paul Mooney writes about increasingly tense relations between Beijing and the Vatican, with China ordaining bishops this past year in defiance of the Pope: “It’s a very sensitive time,” said a scholar in Hong...

China Ordains Third Bishop without Pope’s Approval

The official Chinese Catholic church has ordained another bishop in defiance of the Vatican, the third such ordination in the past year. Eight bishops who are loyal to the Vatican attended the public ceremony under police...

Vatican Rejects China Unilateral Ordination

The Vatican has again rejected the ordination of a Chinese Bishop as illegitimate. From the Vancouver Sun: Paul Lei Shiyin was ordained as bishop on June 29, in a move the Holy See said was divisive and looked set to dampen...

Vatican Denounces China for Bishop Ordination

Last Saturday, the government-backed Patriotic Chinese Catholic Association ordained a bishop without the consent of the Vatican, and today Pope Benedict XVI responded. From AP: Pope Benedict XVI learned of the ordination of...

China’s Catholic Church Ordains a Bishop – William Foreman

From AP: A Western-educated Chinese priest was ordained as a bishop Tuesday in a ceremony that Beijing hopes will help ease tensions with the Vatican. The ordination of Bishop Joseph Gan Junqiu, who has studied in Belgium and France, came with the Vatican’s backing and was held under heavy security. Guards used metal barricades to […]

Chinese Catholic Bishop Dies in Custody – Alexa Olesen

From The Associated Press, via the Washington Post: A bishop who led an underground congregation of Roman Catholics and was repeatedly detained in China for his loyalty to the Vatican died in police custody, a monitoring group said Tuesday. Bishop Han Dingxiang, 71, was cremated within six hours of his death Sunday and buried in […]

Report: China Rejects Vatican Picks For New Bishops As Anti-communist – AP

From AP, via International Herald Tribune: The Vatican is pushing to get anti-communist bishops appointed on the mainland, a senior official in China’s state-sanctioned Catholic Church said in comments published Thursday. Pope Benedict XVI has been reaching out to Beijing, eager to bring China’s estimated 12 million Catholics under Rome’s wing. But the two sides […]

Report: China Detains Bishop Again – The News Tribune

From The News An elderly bishop in China’s underground Catholic church has been detained again by police, nine months after his release from their custody, a U.S.-based monitoring group said Thursday. Bishop Jia Zhiguo, 73, was taken away Tuesday by security agents in the northern city of Zhengding , the Cardinal Kung Foundation said […]

China and Vatican Signal That Rift Over Bishop May Be on the Mend – Keith Bradsher

From the New York Times: China and the Vatican exchanged renewed criticisms over the weekend about China’s selection of a new bishop over the Vatican’s objections, but there were hints on each side that the dispute might be papered over in the months ahead. China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, while describing Rome’s objections as […]

Cardinal Blasts China’s Installation of Bishop – Keith Bradsher

From The New York Times: China installed a new bishop today over the objections of the Vatican, prompting Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong, to issue a blistering statement accusing mainland authorities of having threatened and kidnapped mainland clergy to make them participate in the ritual. Cardinal Zen said late tonight […]

China provokes Pope by naming bishop without Vatican blessing – Jane Macartney

From Times Online (link): CHINA threw down a fresh challenge to the Vatican yesterday by installing a third bishop in its state-approved Catholic church in defiance of Rome. Zhan Silu, 45, became bishop of the Mindong diocese in southeastern Fujian province, where the Catholic Church is particularly strong but where most of the faithful are […]

China backs bishop but locals dissent – Chris Buckley

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link): China installed a controversial new Catholic bishop on Sunday in a ceremony reflecting the split between the Vatican and the Chinese state-run church that divides villagers in this heavily Catholic corner of the country. Zhan Silu presided over a Mass marking his appointment as bishop of Mindong Diocese […]

Report: Pope OKs China Bishop Ordination – AP

From the Associated Press, via the Washington Post (link): A Chinese bishop will be ordained Sunday with the approval of the Pope after two were consecrated this week without the pontiff’s consent, a Vatican-affiliated news agency reported Saturday. The Rev. Paolo Pei Junmin will be made coadjutor bishop of the Shenyang diocese in northeast China […]



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